Box braids are a type of hair braiding style that is predominantly popular amongst black people people of african descent. In relation to time periods pace credits africa with cornrows in 3500 bc.
History of box braids.
Box braids culture. This type of hairstyle is best described as protective style a style which can be worn for a long period of time to let the hair grow and is boxy consisting of square shaped hair divisions. Egypt with afro box braids in 3100 bc. China with the staircase braid from 1644 to 1912.
Europe with the crown braid from 1066 to 1485. The caribbean with modern cornrows in the 1970s. The girl in question was white.
And the internet of course with braid tutorials becoming especially popular in 2005 when youtube launched. It is said that pre colonialism african tribes used braids as a means of reflecting one s wealth status and personality. 3 years ago the box braids we saw in the 90s and even today arent that different from the eembuvi braids of namibia or the chin length bob braids of the women of the nile valley.
Williams suggests that braids originated in africa and date back thousands of years to. Box braids may have become popular within mainstream culture via janet jackson s poetic justice braids in the early 90s but the history of box braids can be traced back to almost three millennia ago. Not surprisingly this changed the story a bit for me and for a lot of black.
Greece with the halo braid in the first century. Not surprisingly box braids and other braided hairstyles originated from africa dating as far back as 3500 b c. Box braids are a type of hair braiding style that is predominantly popular throughout african african american and african diaspora culture.
Native americans with pigtail braids in the fifth century. Since it s an extremely popular protective style i wasn t surprised by this news until the person telling me about it mentioned one important detail. Although box braids are popping up all over your insta feed these waist grazing braids are no new invention.